Encouraging Independence and Patience: The fact is that when there’s a newborn in the house, everyone else takes a back seat. Since I was either nursing or attached to a pump for like 80% of the day, I needed my first to be able to entertain herself and do things for herself. However, I didn’t want her to feel displaced by the baby or feel like the baby caused all the changes (even though she basically did). So, we started practicing patience and independence before the baby came. Here are some things we did:
This is Kim, Robin’s sister-in-law. I have three amazing daughters, one which was just born 4 days ago. In my 4.5 years of being a mom, I’ve read a fair amount about parenting and have gotten some really great (and some really terrible, uninvited, and/or borderline-criminal) advice along the way. I thought I’d share some of the highlights with you from time to time.
As the holiday season creeps into my home, I get this sense that I haven’t done a good job teaching my kids about gratitude and what it means to be thankful. Daily, I hear about all of the gifts they hope to receive for the holidays, yet they are not too willing to talk about what they would like to give to others. Sure, they are 5 and 6 years old, but I still feel like this sense of entitlement should be whittled down a bit.
In our newest series, The Local Spotlight, I will be highlighting my favorite San Diego resources and businesses for new moms and dads. We are so lucky in San Diego to have brilliant local businesses/blogs that offer products and support that enhance our lives as parents or soon-to-be parents. Also, I can’t think of a better way to improve our local community than to shop locally.
A few days ago, I wrote an article sharing tips about how to comfortably breastfeed in public. In my mind, all women should have the freedom to breastfeed their babies/toddlers/children in public regardless of the age of the child. To me, it is definitely a human rights issue. Then, I came across this article today about why it is so important for our children to see how normal it is for a mom to breastfeed her child in public. To be honest, this thought crosses my mind on a daily basis, as I am a lactation consultant raising two boys. My kids are in that 'potty-talk' stage and all body parts and bathroom words are hilarious to them. My boys know that breasts feed babies and that I help moms every week overcome breastfeeding challenges, yet they still think it's funny that boobs are involved in the equation.